Skip to comments.Cruz to GOP: 'Don't blink' in 'Obamacare' fight
Posted on 08/20/2013 10:55:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
DALLAS -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's message to Republican lawmakers who won't support defunding "Obamacare" at the risk of shutting down the government? "Don't blink." And he downplayed the effects of a possible shutdown, telling a Dallas crowd on Tuesday evening that the last time the government experienced "a temporary suspension of non-essential federal government spending," the military kept functioning and Social Security checks were distributed.
Cruz is leading the charge to defund President Barack Obama's health care law at what he calls "the single best time" to get rid of the law. And while Democrats who back the law certainly aren't on his side, Cruz has framed the fight so that they're not his only foes.
"We have to do something that conservatives haven't done in a long time: We've got to stand up and win the argument," Cruz told the crowd of thousands who gathered at the town hall style meeting.
Cruz said that if enough Republicans stand together, it will create an impasse to force the issue.
"A significant amount of Republicans assume, with an impasse, that President Obama will never ever ever give up his principles, so Republicans have to give up theirs," Cruz said. "If you have an impasse, you know -- one side or the other has to blink. How do we win this fight? Don't blink."
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God Bless Ted Cruz.
Go, Cruz, GO!! Defund CommieCare!!
IMHO this is Ted Cruz’s defining moment... an opportunity make his name based on this fight. Judging from his behavior, he has fully grasped this.
How refreshing it is to see a principled Reaganite conservative like Sen Cruz display REAL leadership skill and political astuteness- this guy is going places
I would sure like to think so,....However,, my cynical side tells me that there is a massive financial power structure in place that will crush any attempt at repealing the new obamacare/tax, they want it bad, not only will it enslave every person but it will also solve the social security problem
The question is will Speaker Boehner try to sabotage Cruz’s attempt to fight this?
I just saw a commercial for Obamacare I am pissed. I went and looked at these calculators that tell you how much of a subsidy you will get towards your premiums. I will not get any subsidy. Looks like if you are single and make 50K you will get nothing. If you are married with no kids you get nothing if you make 63K a year. This was for Oregon I can imagine what California’s is this is where I live.
We have insurance right now but who knows what will happen
in 2014. FUBO
Ted, If a mysterious looking G-man ends up at your office with a briefcase of money (or gift cards) telling you to “sit this one out” for Obamacare please report it to the public or even better yet set up some hidden cameras and mics and get him to admit he’s from the administration. The money in that suitcase is tmost likely taxpayer funds being misapropriated...nothing is too far-fetched or sinister for this administration: )
Everyone knows the primary hidden goal of Obiecare is to integrate and establish a massive data collection system on every citizen to really tighten the reigns down and siphon funds from citizens in ways our ancestors never would have imagined.
Haven’t you been listening? We have to wait until its fully implemented to see EVERYONE’s premiums come down. That should happen in 2016. /s
We’re past blinking Cruz, the RINO’s are grasping their ankles.
In October 2007, I sat in the media gallery of the United States Supreme Court and watched the Solicitor General of Texas [Ted Cruz] argue on behalf of the state that he should have the ability to put to death a Mexican national who had been convicted of raping and murdering two teenage girls in Houston. He won that argument and he was executed by Texas on August 5th, 2008, despite the objections of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. At the time, I had no idea who this man arguing on behalf of Texas was. but all I could think was holy c**p, this guy is good. It was one of his nine times arguing before the Supreme Court and he was witty, incredibly fast on his feet and clearly had a brilliant legal mind. It is to this day one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen before the Court and I have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time there.
My attitude toward “non-essential” government functions is simple. If they are non-essential, it shouldn’t be doing them anyway, and the Government can function fine without.
By all means, have your own video and audio--because you know d@mned well they'll have theirs.
Hannity’s heart is is the right place, conservatism. Problem is his is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
I guess Ted Cruz doesn’t realize the GOP is on the other side.
I don’t think the GOP is on the other side. They’re being extorted. I suspect Sen. Cruz knows this.
Yeah right. I am worried. Just because you make a certain amount of money that does not mean you have unlimited disposable funds. What happens if you don’t have money to pay for the insurance premiums or the stupid fine for that matter. I hat O and his supporters and anyone who voted for this piece of crap. Every since that bastard got elected I have been in a worried frame of mind and it just gets worse day by day year by year.
I don’t think they need to be extorted. I don’t see any evidence they have any fundamental problems with Obamacare/Romneycare.
The gop faction of the uniparty won’t blink. They’ll go ahead and make sure owebamacare is implemented on schedule. They’re just as anxious to implement it as the ‘rat faction is.
I’d dearly love to be proven wrong.
Why the hell doesn’t Cruz get the word out that under the HEALTH care law,Bureaucrats can show up at your home and demand to come in to inspect it,BECAUSE you may be a smoker,have a weapon,homeschool your children,are a VETERAN! What a FREAKIN OUTRAGE! If this does not get people outraged,we better check our basements for the green pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers,Don’t go to sleep unless you go check the basement!
Democrats are Law-Less because Republicans are Ball-Less.....Please Ted, STAND FIRM, I PRAY FOR YOU!!!!
Yes! Defund now then repeal.
No quarter and no mercy... defund, defang and destroy ocommiecare!
Don’t blink?! Are you kidding me Senator? These GOP pansies have already wet their pants and the fight hasn’t even strated.
Blink? How can they blink when they are unconscious?
I think he’ll try to block Cruz how he can, without being too obvious about it- unless you believe the theories that Obama has something on Boehner and thus controls and/or blackmails him
Though farfetched, it’s hard otherwise to understand the behavior of this House Speaker... so maybe he’d actually be OK with somebody else doing what he -Boehner- should have been doing
That WOULD be the other most likely possible outcome, alas
I don’t know if this is the “single best time” but it sure is “ABOUT TIME” that they defund this thing.
Defund it immediately and stop wasting more tax payer’s money. Time for the repubs to get off their dead behinds and get something done for a change. DO IT NOW!
Well i do have a theory about why 0 has gotten so many R’s to turn D (RINO) and it has to do with promises, payoffs, or threats.
My guess, if Boehner is being blackmailed, is that it has something to do with his pot smoking daughter married to the rasta dude. just sayin.
If Boehner is being blackmailed for whatever reason, he should immediately resign his seat and go back to private life.
A situation like this could/would have bearing on what he does in Congress.
Why, oh why, was I not born in Texas?
Of course he should! So should anyone else in same boat, but alas it appears they like their power and taxpayer funded perks more than they love this country..(that is if true of course).
Go, Cruz, GO!! Defund CommieCare!!BUMPIN' Dat!
The whole system is corrupt!
Oh and as an aside my friend, if I had a bigger more comfortable Harley I would head to DC for the counter protest to the Islamic Muslim Million Terrorist march in Sept and have you hop on! (we wouldn't tell the grandkids etc... : > )
Get a bigger bike! I’m ready!
Anybody who makes McCain mad has to be doing something right!
May be possible.
I had 8 raffle tickets to win one last Sat, but some chick from SF won it.
I would have been good to go!
For sure if I can get it working, I will come by and pick you up!
Dear Mr. Boehner:
I received an email from you today requesting a contribution from me for the NRCC.
Neither you nor your organization will receive a penny from me, unless you lead the charge for the House to successfully vote in favor of defunding Obamacare.
The time to tackle this problem is now. If it doesnt get done now, I fear it never will be.
I expect courage, conviction, and character from our representatives, and this is the ultimate test to see if you really have these attributes.
Extremely Concerned Citizen,
I agree with everything you said. I despise anyone who voted for him and if I find out someone voted for him and still love him I will cut them off. See my tag line.
Blink, and you’re dead.
(Not that anybody would mistake Obama for an angel, weeping or otherwise.)